Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Gail Carriger's French Outfits: Black Jacket

Since the weather was largely inclement while I was in France, by far the most ubiquitous item of clothing I wore was my raincoat. My mother bought this jacket for me many years ago over the holidays when we were in Calistoga.

 Black bubble jacket c. $100 no longer avaable

It has a kind of bubble bottom of which I was mainly suspicious until I tried it on. I found I really like the 1950s feel of the length and cut, in France I basically lived in it.

1955 swimsuit, via pinterest

It's the main alternative to my black rain cape.

Because of the bubble bottom I can carry my cross body back underneath the jacket without really upsetting the lines which makes it nice and secure for urban travel.

Mustache Scarf TJ Max $15

The other thing I wore all the time was my mustache scarf. I got mine from Marshalls or TJ Max but it's also online for $13 from Amazon. I love it, nice and big and nice and warm. Not sure the locals appreciated the irony, but I found my choice of accessory hilarious.

This exact coat is no longer available but here are a few alternatives I found online:

In other news I'm on the bra hunt again. I'm an exciting 30J-K (30H UK) which basically just means life sucks, there are only 3 major manufacturers open to me (Panache, Fantasie, Freya), I can't find a brick & mortar anywhere that stocks my size, and I'm getting very familiar with ordering online and returning. I hate this part. And before you mention Figleaves, I will never shop there again. I've also had a bad time with Breakout Bras. So I'm down the Herroom and a few others with nasty return policies. Nash.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.


  1. Fairly certain Curvy Kate manufactures your size, as well, and there's always Ewa Michalak for the custom option.

  2. Have you heard about Jockey's new bra fitting technique? You buy a 'kit' with cups, you try them on til you find the one that fits, and then you order bras with that cup and your exact torso measurement. They give you a discount for the price of the kit. http://www.jockey.com/JockeyBra

  3. If you are ever in the Reno/Tahoe area again there is Bras Plus that carries unusual sizes. It is where I got my 34Hs before surgery and now get my 34 DDs.


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